My career in the electronics industry began in 1978 fresh out of high school. My passion for music, a natural curiosity, and tinkering with building my own equipment were the stepping stones to my career. Combining my love of playing bass in bands and a desire to build and or improve every piece of outboard gear I could get my hands on, I did repair for several music stores, authorized repair for Mesa Boogie in the early days, Lots of Amp mods, pedal boards, effects systems, during exciting times with the coming of MIDI, and digital music. My lifetime work covers music equipment, professional audio, industrial controls, medical equipment, broadband internet cable delivery systems, with the majority of my career of 36+ years working on imager sensors (CID, CMOS) and video cameras.
During my early days for a period lasting 8 years I worked on medical x-ray cameras utilizing vidicon and plumicon tubes. Another 8 years working on industrial cameras utilizing CID Imagers. This period of time was my first real insight to solid state sensors, and a pivotal point in my career.
From 1998 to December 2012 my work has been entirely dedicated to designing CMOS linear and 2D array sensors for the motion picture industry, high res UDTV(4XHDTV), scientific, machine vision, and high volume consumer markets. Company Founder Panavision Imaging, LLC. (Prior to 2003: Photon Vision Systems, Inc) My primary duties: Image Sensor Design and Layout Engineer, Documentation Manager. Program manager responsible for linear array product line.
My latest endeavor is the founding of Town Line Technologies, LLC at the beginning of 2013. The sale of Panavision Imaging and reorganizing that followed was the opportunity to begin again, and set a new direction in my career. As President/CEO and principle engineer, the focus is on IC and PCB contract work along with consulting to maximize tool use and fund development work for new linear image sensor designs, and technologies.
Jan. 2013 – Present President/CEO and Principle Engineer Town Line Technologies, LLC., Cortland NY: IC and PCB layout design services, testing services, program management, and consulting.
Primary Management / Technical Duties:
Jan. 1996 - Sept. 1998 Senior Printed Circuit Board Designer Philips Broadband Networks, Manlius, NY: Design Printed Circuit Boards (multi-layer, thru-hole/SMT, double sided, auto-insertion), Schematic entry, Assembly drawings, Documentation, and etc. High volume DFM, DFT, 850 MHz to 1 GHz designs. Cable TV, and Internet delivery products.
Aug. 1988 - Jan. 1996 Engineering Specialist CID Technologies, Liverpool, NY: CAE/CAD design for CID imager based video cameras for use in military, industrial, aerospace, and radiation environment applications. FPGA/PGA/PAL design-implementation, schematic entry, simulation, PCB layouts. Prototyping - presentation quality. Eng. support (testing, calibration, documentation).
Jan. 1980 - Mar. 1988 Engineering Technician Syracuse Scientific, Clay, NY: Design electronic assemblies / test fixtures for vidicon based video cameras used in medical x-ray systems. UL submittal documentation. Testing and prototyping to presentation level.
Sept. 1978 - Jan. 1980 Engineering Technician Kipco / Omnetics, Clay, NY: Design and Prototype electronic assemblies and test fixtures, testing for industrial motor and lighting control products. Testing and prototyping to presentation level.
1977-1991 President, Owner JK Systems, North Syracuse, New York Design, modify, and repair pro-audio/music equipment. Authorized repair for Mesa Boogie Amplifiers. Sub contracted to local merchants.
1985-1990 Consultant Syspec, Cicero, NY Consulted part time for design and repair of professional studio flash and audio equipment.